Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe

Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe

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This volume discusses why faculty and administrators of academe should care about implementing family-friendly policies and practices, as well as how they can advocate for policy changes.

In section one, the book's focus is on empirical studies that demonstrate the need for innovative programs and policies for faculty at colleges and universities. These pieces explore issues such as the value of work/life programs for employee retention, the need for a variety of family support policies including elder care, and the influence of workplace culture on the use of existing policies.

Section two includes case studies of the process of formulating family-friendly policies and their adoption at a variety of universities. The subjects of these chapters include use of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the enactment of a parental leave policy, the development of a unique "life cycle professorship program," and strategies used to implement new policies. The case study chapters provide descriptions of the identification of faculty and staff needs and the process of policy development as well as advice to faculty and administrators who seek to develop similar policies at their institutions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 16 Tables, unspecified
  • 0739194399
  • 9780739194393
  • 2,282,282

Table of contents

1. Introduction to Volume, Erin K. Anderson and Catherine Richards Solomon

2. University Family-friendly Policies: Professors' Experiences and Perceptions, Catherine Richards Solomon

3. Do Work/Life Policies Matter? The Importance of Work/Life Policies for Faculty Intentions to Quit, Catherine Berheide and Rena Linden

4. Could I be THAT Guy: The Influence of Campus Climate on Paternity Leave Use, Erin K. Anderson

5. Caring for Aging Parents: Balancing the Personal and Professional in Academia, Rona J. Karasik, Debra L. Berke, and Scott D. Scheer

6. Introduction to Case Studies Section, Erin K. Anderson and Catherine Richards Solomon

7. A Tale of Two Policies: Lessons Learned in Writing and Adopting Parental Leave Policies at a University, Brandy A. Randall and Virginia Clark Johnson

8. Changing Work/Life Policy in Institutions of Higher Education: A Case Study, Leslie E. Tower

9. Understanding Family and Medical Leave at a Large Public University, Stacey Oliker and Amanda I. Seligman

10. Life Happens: The Vilas Life Cycle Professorship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jennifer Sheridan, Christine Maidl Pribbenow, Molly Carnes, Jo Handelsman, and Amy Wendt

11. Discussion, Erin K. Anderson and Catherine Richards Solomon
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Review quote

With its unique blend of research and campus-based case studies of policy development and implementation, Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe offers an informed and practical guide for creating a family-friendly academic workplace. -- Amy S. Wharton, Washington State University This volume fills a gap by broadening work-family conversations to include topics related to both women and men and elder care in addition to including research about policy use and its impact on retention and tenure. The book is a critical read for researchers studying work-family and academic careers, faculty looking to manage different aspects of work-life integration, graduate students as prospective faculty, and administrators looking to improve the quality of faculty life. -- Kelly Ward, Washington State University This book provides a thoroughly researched survey of the existing family-friendly policies in colleges and universities. The case studies present an insightful evaluation of what works best and what changes are still needed to help faculty manage life course events. Essential resource for all stakeholders in the academic workplace, whether they are developing work/family policies, implementing, or using them. -- Marjukka Ollilainen, Weber State University
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About Erin K. Anderson

Erin K. Anderson is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Washington College, where she also contributes to the Gender Studies Program.

Catherine Richards Solomon is professor and department chair in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology at Quinnipiac University.
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